Lafayette Contest of Champions

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Lafayette Contest of Champions

The fee for entry is $10 for adults and $5 for non-participating students and seniors 65+. You will receive an wristband at the gate that will allow you to leave and re-enter the venue. There will be no access to the venue without a wristband.

You may sit anywhere in the home side or visitor bleachers, except that the top two rows of bleachers in the center section are reserved for band directors. For the benefit of both bands and spectators please find you seat in between performances and remain quiet during performances.

Programs will be available at the gate at no charge. If you would like to advertise your business in our program please contact us at least two weeks prior to the event!

Our show is a preliminaries/finals format. Performance order for the preliminaries is based on date of entry. The only exception to this will be the previous year's grand champion will perform last in preliminary competition.​​

Every band will receive a 20 minute clinic immediately following their prelims performance. This clinic will include video of their performance and is open to all band members and staff. All finals bands will receive general commentary from our three clinicians.

Divisions will be based on band size. We will mix the divisions together for the preliminary performances. The judging panel will not be aware of band classification prior to each preliminary performance. The purpose is to have the bands judged on the merit of their performance regardless of class.

Ten bands will perform in Finals competition. These will be:

The winners of each class
The next 7 highest scoring bands regardless of class
​Finalists will draw numbers to determine the order of finals. The 5 lower scoring bands will draw for the first 5 spots and the 5 higher scoring bands will draw for the final 5 spots.


The breakdown of the scoring is as follows:

Music Effect​​ ​20%
​Music Performance (Ensemble) ​20%
​Music Performance (Individua​l) ​10%
​Visual Effect ​20%
Visual Performance (Ensemble)​ ​20%
​Visual Performance (Individual) ​10%
Total​ ​100%


Trophies will be awarded to the first, second, and third place bands in each Class (Black, White, and Gold).

Tro​phies will be awarded for the following captions in each class:
Outstanding Music Performance
Outstanding Visual Performance
Outstanding General Effect
All bands in Finals will receive a placement trophy. The winner of the Finals Competition will also receive the traveling trophy.

Trophies will be awarded for the following captions in each class:

Outstanding Music Performance​
Outstanding Visual Performance
Outstanding General Effect​​


The judges are as follows:

Rich Guillen - New York, DCA/USSBA/Cavalcade Of Bands
Ed Argenziano - Florida, DCI/WGI/Composer
Ryan Thomas - Texas, DCI/WGI/UIL

Todd James - Oklahoma, WGI/MCCGA
Travis Barzee - Kansas City, Santa Clara Vanguard/Grain Valley High School
Ron Ryles - Georgia, DCI/NCBA/USSBA/GCJA/

The clinicians are as follows:

Dr. Kelli Pence - Oklahoma, Associate Director of Bands Broken Arrow High School
Christopher Sakowski - St. Louis, DCI/WGI/Composer/Arranger

Brad Balog
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